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Vanguard takes Class AA ‘crown’ at Paoli

Marching Cougars finish third
Vanguard takes Class AA ‘crown’ at Paoli
Vanguard takes Class AA ‘crown’ at Paoli
Corydon Central Vanguard members Colton Lord, left, Benjamin Ross and Kadin Chance play in front of one of their chess props during their show, For the Crown, Saturday evening at Paoli. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

At the Pride of Paoli marching ban contest Saturday evening, the Corydon Central Vanguard came away with first place in Class AA. They also brought home the hardware for Best Music and People’s Choice Award.

Their show, For the Crown, has a chess theme complete with a king, queen, knight and rook that band members move around on the field during their show. Senior MaKayla Stewart is a third-year field commander for the band.

“We’re really happy with the improvement they showed from the first competition in Evansville,” said Steven Kurk, band director. “Music performance has been our strong point for the first tow competitions, so we’re really focusing on improving their visual performance this week.”

Vanguard takes Class AA ‘crown’ at Paoli
Pit members for the North Harrison Marching Cougars prepare to play during their band’s show, Shine, also at Paoli. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

Also competing in Class AA, the North Harrison Marching Cougars placed third and received awards for Best Color Guard, Best Visual and Best Pit Crew.

“I think we had a decent performance at Paoli, but there were a few weird timing things that happened between the percussion section and winds so we didn’t have a completely locked-in performance,” said Jennifer Gordon, the Marching Cougars’ director. “Putting on another minute of the show from last week kept up busy, and we didn’t get as much cleaning done as I had hoped.

“I am not worried about our scores or placement from Paoli,” she added. “The judges had a lot of positive comments and reactions to our show, so we are heading in the right direction for the rest of the season. I am very proud that we received Best Color Guard, Best Visual and Best Pit Crew for our class.”

The Marching Cougars’ show this year is titled Shine. Their drum major is senior Paul Hendrich. Captains are senior Morgan Arbuckle (woodwinds), sophomore Christopher Squier (brass), sophomore Ray Robbins (percussion) and sophomore Kyla Bowles (guard).

“Marching has been the main focus for a bit, and I am glad to see that paying off,” Gordon said. “I am also very appreciative of the parents and students that help us get on and off the field. They are always organized and do a great job helping us look good.”

Results of Class AA at Paoli were Corydon Central, first and Best Music; Silver Creek, second and Best General Effect; North Harrison, third, Best Color Guard, Best Visual and Best Pit Crew; and Henryville, fourth and Best Drum Major and Best Percussion.

On Saturday, the Marching Cougars and Vanguard will compete at Floyd Central High School.

“My goal for this week is to put on the rest of the show, at least musically, for Floyd Central on Saturday,” Gordon said. “We have a percussion feature right after where we stopped on Saturday and then a really neat recap of the third movement where each section has their final moment in the spotlight and we tie ‘This Little Light of Mine’ back in for a full ensemble moment to finish the show, letting the entire band come together to have their united moment to ‘Shine’.”

Kurk said the Vanguard has completed its show.

“We’ve finished adding in the third movement of the show, and the contest at Floyd Central will be the first one where we’ll perform the full show,” he said. “The kids are really excited to have the whole thing put together and have a lot of motivation coming out of the Paoli competition.”

Floyd Central’s contest will begin at 3:17 p.m. with Scholastic Class B1, which includes the Vanguard. Salem will perform first followed by Henryville (3:30 p.m.), Northeast Dubois (3:43 p.m.), Eastern (Pekin) (3:56 p.m.), Southwestern (4:09 p.m.), Corydon Central (4:22 p.m.) and Madison (4:35 p.m.).

The line-up for Scholastic Class B2 is Charlestown (5:03 p.m.), North Harrison (5:16 p.m.), Heritage Hills (5:29 p.m.), North Oldham (5:42 p.m.) Silver Creek (5:55 p.m.) and Batesville (6:08 p.m.)

Awards for the two classes will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

The event will continue with Open Class D at 7:45 p.m. (Tell City, Paoli, Springs Valley and Forest Park), Scholastic Class A (Bloomington South), Open Class C (Scottsburg) and Open Class A (Columbus). Floyd Central will give an exhibition of its show at 9:30 p.m. followed by the remaining awards.